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Marines Exercise New Warfighting Strategy

April 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

To address a changing mission amid broader challenges, the U.S. Marines are implementing the service’s future warfighting strategy this year through training, war gaming and experimentation. The strategy calls for forces to be dispersed over wide areas and will require technologies that enhance warfighters’ effectiveness over greater distances.

The Corps Consolidates Key Capabilities

April 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Marine Corps has combined two signals intelligence programs as part of its efforts to drive efficiency and enhance expeditionary operations. Streamlining activities for manpackable and vehicle-borne versions of similar capabilities increases both flexibility and redundancy in the field for the users.

Manportable Radio System Combines Night Sight and Sound

April 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Warfighters on foot equipped with night vision systems now can give their commanders a real-time glimpse of what they’re seeing in the field. A new system that combines a portable radio with night vision goggles allows the optical imagery to be captured and sent across the same radio channels used for voice and data communications.

Each piece of hardware—the portable radio and the night vision system—is in service with the armed forces of several countries around the world. Engineers basically combined the two functions to produce a single system that allows commanders to remotely view a night scene from the warfighter’s eye view accompanied with geolocation information.

Known as the Individual Soldier System (ISS) and manufactured by Exelis Incorporated, the new system combines a software suite with existing hardware. These three major subsystems generate a two-way imaging capability that also allows the warfighter to view imagery relayed by headquarters.

The i-Aware Tactical Mobility Night Vision Goggle (TM-NVG) optical system features an overlay display that enables mobility information to be viewed by its wearer. It weighs less than 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) and can run on one lithium AA battery. An intensified camera inside the goggle set allows command and control personnel to view live imagery from the field.

The company’s SpearNet team member radio serves as the transmission device for the TM-NVG. The 1.5-pound radio operates in the 1.2-1.4 gigahertz band, and it can network with satellite communications and long-range radio systems. Information from the TM-NVG system can be sent across the SpearNet self-healing mesh network, which in turn can display visual tactical information such as maps and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) video.

Open Source Intelligence Offers Crystal Ball Capability

April 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Researchers working on behalf of the U.S. intelligence agencies can use reams of open source, anonymous data to foretell social turmoil such as disease outbreaks or international political unrest. Once fully developed, the capability to predict coming events may allow U.S. officials to more effectively respond to public health threats; to improve embassy security before an imminent attack; or to more quickly and effectively respond to humanitarian crises.

Exelis to Equip Turkish F-16s with Electronic Warfare Pods

March 17, 2014

Exelis Inc., Clifton, N.J., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $75,281,878 firm-fixed-price, time and material, undefinitized contract award for ALQ-211(V)-9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) pod acquisition. The contractor will provide 21 ALQ-211(V)-9 AIDEWS pods, associated support services, support equipment, countermeasures dispensing system integration and spares in support of the Turkish Air Force F-16D Block 50 program. This award is the result of a source-directed, sole-source acquisition and is 100 percent foreign military sales for Turkey. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8540-14-C-0007).

Leidos to Provide IT Support Services

March 17, 2014

Leidos Inc., Reston, Va., was awarded a $9,791,760 modification (P00003) to cost-plus-fixed-fee, sole-source contract W91CRB-13-C-0016 for information technology support services for the maintenance of existing Army Enterprise Equipping System systems. U.S. Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Div D, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Supports Korea’s Krypton Reconnaissance Aircraft

March 17, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed Martin a $9 million foreign military sales contract to support the Republic of Korea’s Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system. The Peace Krypton system is used for tactical intelligence and is comprised of militarized business jets and ground stations that process data from the aircraft. Lockheed Martin’s sustainment work scope involves maintenance of the aircraft fleet, which includes spare and repair parts, as well as providing support and test equipment for both the aircraft and its fixed and mobile ground stations. Lockheed Martin will also provide software development and software upgrades as needed to modernize the reconnaissance system.

Missile Defense Agency Awards $750 Million Modification

March 14, 2014

Northrop Grumman Space and Missions Systems, Colorado Springs, Colo. is being awarded A $750 million in-scope contract modification (P00023) to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to increase the estimated contract maximum from $2.5 billion to $3.25 billion. The contract remains a ten (10) year contract with an ordering period from Nov. 21, 2005 through Nov. 21, 2015. The contract is a hybrid omnibus contract performing predominantly research, development, test and evaluation services for the development of the Ballistic Missile Defense System’s Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications; the support infrastructure including all information technology; facilities; ground and flight test; warfighter wargames and exercises; modeling and simulation; several operational cells including the Ballistic Missile Defense Network Operations and Security Center, the Joint Functional Command Component for Integrated Missile Defense, and the 100th Missile Defense Brigade. Places of performance under the contract are worldwide but mainly support the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. Also supported are the Missile Defense Agency sites in Huntsville, Ala., the National Capital Region, and Dahlgren, Va. The Missile Defense Agency, Colorado Springs, Colo. is the contracting activity (#H95001-10-D-0001).

DRS Awarded Satellite Communications Contract in Afghanistan

March 14, 2014

DRS Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $30,271,266 hybrid firm-fixed price, cost-plus fixed-fee and cost reimbursable multi-year contract to operate control and maintain satellite communications between the continental United States and worldwide locations. It will also provide help desk and field operations support. Work will be performed in Rock Island, Ill., Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Germany. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-C-0026).

Interstate Electronics Awarded Doppler Radar Option

March 14, 2014

Interstate Electronics Corp., Anaheim, Calif., is being awarded an $8,911,790 modification under previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00030-14-C-0006) to exercise option line items for a new technology refresh of the C-Band Pulse Doppler Radar (RADAR-C) Transmitter and replacement of the Navy Mobile Instrumentation Ship Communication System in support of Trident II flight tests. These option line items provide for, but are not limited to, engineering services (system engineering, design and development), system testing, verification and validation, logistics and full system documentation in order to achieve Flight Test Instrumentation Steady State for Strategic Systems Programs flight test mission support. The maximum dollar value of the option line items is $8,911,790. The Department of the Navy, Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

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